Max Size: 12cm

Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)

The Gold Gourami makes excellent community fish with others of the same size, but their temperament becomes more aggressive as they achieve adulthood. Because they are exceptionally hardy and long-lived, they make an excellent fish for the beginner aquarist.

The Gold Gourami is an elongated, sideways compressed species with long, sensitive, filamentous ventral fins that are used to monitor their surroundings.

The Gold Gourami Senses its surroundings with long, touch-sensitive, threadlike ventral fins. These Gouramis are an elongated, sideways compressed species.

They have large, rounded fins, golden yellow bodies, and deep tones on their backs. The white spots on the body extend to the fins, making the fish beautiful, and it lacks the two black spots usually seen on three-spot gourami.

To survive in stagnant waters with low oxygen levels, the Gold Gourami possess a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe atmospheric air. For this reason, they should always have access to the surface of the aquarium so that they can gulp air as needed.


Gold gourami
Gold gourami
Gold gourami
Gold gourami
Quick Facts
Scientific NameTrichogaster trichopterus
Year Described1770
Other NamesCrosby Gourami
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
ReproductionBubble nest
Lifespan4 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.5
GH4 - 18
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Gold Gourami will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

The best way to distinguish male and female Gold Gouramis is through the dorsal fin. In males, the dorsal fin is long and pointed, whereas the female's dorsal fins are short and round.

Other Gouramis of interest

Banded Gourami(Trichogaster fasciata)
Chocolate Gourami(Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
Congo Ctenopoma(Ctenopoma congicum)
Dwarf Ctenopoma(Microctenopoma nanum)
Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Frail Gourami(Ctenops nobilis)
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Date Added: 25/09/2020 - Updated: 01/09/2022 13:15:05